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Event to Showcase Renewable Energy Systems, Opportunities

Waubonsee Community College Renewable Energy Technologies Instructor Gregg Erickson showcases the solar panel array on the Sugar Grove Campus. The public is invited to learn more about Waubonsee’s renewable energy technology systems and courses at an open house on Wednesday, June 15.

Waubonsee Community College will host a Renewable Energy Open House on Wednesday, June 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Weigel Hall on the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. The event, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the college’s Center for Sustainability and Workforce Development Department. 

On display will be the college’s solar panel array and geothermal system components. In addition to providing supplementary electricity and heating/cooling to Weigel Hall, these systems are used to train students for jobs in the growing “green” economy.

Open house attendees will learn about the college’s new credit offerings in renewable energy technologies, including the Photovoltaic Basics Certificate of Achievement and the Geothermal Basics Certificate of Achievement. Workforce Development staff members will be on hand to discuss additional noncredit options such as the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst/Envelope Professional certification course.

Those who do not wish to work in renewable energy, but rather want to see how it can work for them, should plan to attend the event’s breakout sessions. At 6 p.m. Beth Losiniecki, of Green Heron Alternatives in Hinckley, will be discussing residential small wind systems, and at 7 p.m. Dewaine Nelson, of Solergy Alternative Energy Solutions in Rockford, will explain the various types of solar power systems available to homeowners.

Cookies and beverages will be provided, but participants are asked to bring their own mugs.

For more information, call Waubonsee’s Center for Sustainability at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2270.